Monday Dec 15, 2014

Dew Tour 2014: Highlights & Results

The ski and snowboard competition season officially kicked off this weekend with the Dew Tour Mountain Championships in Breckenridge, Colorado.

All the biggest names in slopestyle and superpipe were out on the snow, battling it out for eight different Dew Cups in men and women’s contests. Here’s what went down!

Snowboard Slopestyle: Jamie Anderson three-peats

WATCH - Dew Tour 2014: Women's Snowboard Slopestyle Highlights

Olympic gold medalist Jamie Anderson won her third-straight Dew Cup, posting a score of 96.25 on her first run.

The 24-year-old beat Finland’s Enni Rukajärvi and Christy Prior of New Zealand to the top spot but admitted she didn’t do as well as she had planned.

“I was really stoked to land [the first run] because I really wanted to do a new trick, but I wasn’t totally there,” said Anderson. “I know I’m a good rider but I’m still working on it.”

Chas Guldemond unleashed a new trick on his way to victory in the men’s snowboard slopestyle event on Sunday afternoon.

The American pulled a switch double wildcat, aka switch double backflip, as well as a 1260, that earned him a score of 92.00.

Almost five points back in second place was Canadian Seb Toutant and his countryman Tyler Nicholson rounded off the podium with an 80.00. Another Canadian in the shape of Olympic bronze medalist Mark McMorris could only manage fifth place.

 WATCH - Dew Tour 2014: Chas Guldemond wins snowboard slopestyle 

Snowboard Superpipe: Taylor Gold earns shock win

 WATCH - Dew Tour 2014: Men's Snowboard Superpipe Highlights 

Taylor Gold won his first-ever Dew Tour Superpipe title despite only sneaking into the final via the last change qualifier.

As one of the first riders to drop in for the final the American had a long wait to find out if his 90.50 would hold up.

But China’s Yiewi Zhang and Australian Scotty James could only manage scores of 88.75 and 88.25 respectively, while first-qualifier Arthur Longo posted 49.00 in an unpredictable contest.

“I’m blown away! I did not think I was going to win today,” said Gold. “When I put up that first score I did not think it was going to hold. I barely made it into the final - it’s amazing.

In the women’s event veteran American rider Kelly Clark reclaimed her Dew Tour title after two years off the top spot thanks to an epic run worthy of 95.50.

14-year-old Chole Kim from California came close with a 95 flat while Arielle Gold, Taylor’s sister, completed the podium with a 90.50.

 WATCH - Dew Tour 2014: Women's Snowboard Superpipe Highlights 

Freeski Slopestyle: Gus Kenworthy wins first Dew Cup

 WATCH - Dew Tour 2014: Gus Kenworthy Wins Freeski Slopestyle 

Gus Kenworthy won his first Dew Cup in slopestyle after seeing off competition from the two US snowboarding stars he shared the Olympic podium with in Sochi.

The American beat Norway’s Oystein Braten and Nick Goepper, who won bronze in Russia, into first place, while Olympic gold medalist Joss Christensen finished fifth.

Kenworthy’s score of 88.75 in challenging whiteout conditions capped a great weekend for him during which he finished fourth in the superpipe, after he qualified first for the finals.

Elsewhere, Breckenridge local Keri Herman won the women’s event with her score of 87.50 enough to beat Emma Dahlstrom of Sweden and American Julia Krass.

 WATCH - Dew Tour 2014: Women's Freeski Slopestyle Highlights 

Freeski Superpipe: Maddie Bowman goes back-to-back

 WATCH - Dew Tour 2014: Women's Freeski Superpipe Highlights 

Maddie Bowman successfully defended her Dew Tour Superpipe title with a score of 91.25 enough to beat fellow American Annalisa Drew into first place, with Japan’s Ayana Onozuka coming third.

Drew looked to be going for a huge run as she tried to catch Bowman but crashed out halfway down, confirming the Dew Cup would stay with the reigning Olympic Champion.

Torin Yater-Wallace beat a stacked field in the men’s Superpipe event to win a finals that included a host of past winners and Olympians.

Sochi gold medalist David Wise finished second with AFP World Tour champ Kevin Rolland in third as both failed to match a winning score of 95.25.

Gus Kenworthy finished fourth while halfpipe legend Simon Dumont’s 84 was only enough for ninth place.

 WATCH - Dew Tour 2014: Men's Freeski Superpipe Highlights 

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